Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

Betrayal

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Intelligent, Great staging

About the show

Harold Pinter's classic play, which tells the story of an extra-marital affair in reverse order, comes to Broadway starring Tom Hiddleston ('The Avengers'), Zawe Ashton ('Velvet Buzzsaw'), and Charlie Cox ('Daredevil'). More…

From the show:

Betrayal, the sold-out London hit starring Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton, and Charlie Cox comes to Broadway for a strictly limited engagement.

Direct from a standing-room-only hit run in London, Betrayal is the story of an illicit affair that unfolds in reverse—from the end of a marriage to the first forbidden spark. Starring Golden Globe and Olivier Award winner Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), Zawe Ashton (Velvet Buzzsaw) and Charlie Cox (Daredevil) in their Broadway debuts, this stunning production features the daring vision of one of the UK’s most acclaimed directors.

1h 30m | Already closed | Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (438)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Intelligent, Great staging
79
Avg Score

During previews
84
Riveting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like Pinter - this is one of his most accessible plays and the acting and staging are riveting.

Don't see it if you prefer action over the self absorbed dialogue of sophisticated, artsy friends and lovers.

During previews
86
Intelligent, Interesting, Indulgent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you like relationship dramas. This is well acted and paced.

Don't see it if you hate stories that hop around a timeline, rather than unfold chronologically.

During previews
87
Spare writing elevated by sharp direction and precision, Slow-building tension, Very well-acted and inhabited, Innovative staging (simple and effective), Engaging

See it if a fan of actors Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Cox especially, Harold Pinter, or spare-bones productions where you’ve to add the meat yourself.

Don't see it if not at all familiar with Pinter or the play; expecting shock-and-awe spectacle; unwilling t to think meaningfully about hard decisions.

Also Betrayal avoids the obvious, focusing instead upon what lingers in the... Read more Read less

During previews
92
Starts slow, Psychological drama, Great acting

See it if you enjoy character plays - there isn't much action. The tension between the 3 is palpable at times! Story unfolds in reverse order.

Don't see it if You want a heavily staged show full of Bway pizzazz. This intense story hooks you in. It started slow, but took off soon after.

Also The show is very quiet throughout and we missed a line or two up in th... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Masterful, Great staging, Great acting

See it if great acting in a great Pinter play. Well staged and just presented very simply to allow one to pay attention to hte words and the nuances

Don't see it if not a Pinter fan. Not a lot happens. Just story telling - and in reverse order.

During previews
70
Art imitating life a bit too closely....., Slow, Great staging, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if and only if you are a Pinter enthusiast, a fan of actor Tom Hiddleston, or a relationship SADISTS. There's plenty of all three things here.

Don't see it if a three character play about infidelity where the story moves backwards in time sounds confusing as hell to you, because it is confusing.

Also Discovering that the playwright based his play on his real life seven ... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Great revival of Pinter classic.Interesting staging and lighting.The actors all give outstanding performances.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of Pinter's plays.

During previews
82
Great acting, Great staging, Deliberate (some say slow), Intelligent

See it if you want dialogue-driven drama re marital infidelity & friendships. No real sets or costumes: focus is words, characters, relationships.

Don't see it if you're not prepared to listen & look. Spare staging (excellent use of turntable) forces focus on what characters say & how they stand/move.

During previews
68
Exhausting, Slow, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to see three actors overcome grad school "cooler than thou" directing and still manage to do Pinter's text justice

Don't see it if you hate minimalist staging or are uncomfortable with long........................ ...........................................pauses

During previews
71
Resonant, Intense, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you're into a different take on a great text for actors and don't need a tidy plot.

Don't see it if you need things clearly spelled out for you or need dialogue or arguments screamed for "drama" sake.

Also These actors are doing a remarkable job of making me realize things in... Read more Read less

During previews
86
Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Musicality in words and movement, Too much beauty on one stage.

Don't see it if Wordiness can be lulling.

During previews
75
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see Tom Hiddleston on stage. There are some very interesting directorial choices and the cast has great chemistry.

Don't see it if need action in a play. It is mostly sitting and talking and there is almost no set.

During previews
79
Fine actors in an overly produced staging

See it if you value any Pinter play, want to see fine acting in a perfectly paced production that understands the "pauses" are critically important.

Don't see it if British accents are a challenge and audiences that haven't got a clue that this isn't a comedy. If you like happy endings, forget Pinter

During previews
85
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Slow, Absorbing

See it if you're interested in the inherent ability of people to hurt each other and themselves or if you're interested in any of the actors or play

Don't see it if you expect spectacle or much of a set at all or don't like shows with little "action"

During previews
60
Minimalist, Cliched, Faux-intellectual, Great acting, Excruciating

See it if You want to see Loki or Matt Murdoch on stage. Or if you missed the 2013 revival with Daniel Craig.

Don't see it if You want to be invested in the characters on stage.

During previews
85
Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you like Pinter or any of the cast involved.

Don't see it if you don't like to engage.

Also deliciously acted and staged with Muji-level aesthetically pleasing mi... Read more Read less

During previews
59
Clever, Slow, Overrated, Insipid, Disappointing

See it if you want to see three talented actors. The lead performances are fairly strong.

Don't see it if you want to be entertained. This play is mostly characters sitting and talking to each other. Not much action and not particularly engaging.

During previews
77
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you're a fan of great acting in a classic drama

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Pinter or don't like plays that run 90 minutes with no intermission

During previews
73
Great staging, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You like Pinter. It is beautifully staged and acted.

Don't see it if A long plodding play moving back in time is not easy to follow.

During previews
70
Thought-provoking, Slow, Great acting, Overrated

See it if You want to see a play that almost completely hinges on the strength of the actors on stage due to lack of action, sets, props.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays with minimals sets, or that don’t have much action or build to a climax.

During previews
88
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you love the theater:very good acting in a very good play. This cast does Pinter justice. The subtlety of their performances is eloquent

Don't see it if you need to be hit over the head with flashy theatrics. This is nuanced acting in a careful and literate play. How devastating the drama is

During previews
60
Slow

See it if you love Pinter's work or if you don't mind a really slow play.

Don't see it if you like more action/plot.

Also This plodded along, though I thought Hiddleston and Cox were great. Wh... Read more Read less

During previews
62
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if Curious to see famous movie stars on Broadway and believe that production was "sold - out hit in London."

Don't see it if You prefer play where actors not just taking turns to talk to each other on stage with moving back wall and rotating center. Dislike fake.

Also Theatre is ok, bathrooms are in the basement only, police guarding out... Read more Read less

During previews
86
Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Wonderfully engaging, phenomenal acting. A bit hard to follow the changes in timelines. Tom Hiddleston rocks!!! I am a longtime Pinter fan.

Don't see it if You hate changes in perspectives as plot is sometimes confusing.

During previews
90
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Intense, Great acting

See it if If you like the actors then run. All of them are excellent. The minimalist set shows off Pinter’s plot beautifully. Worth seeing twice.

Don't see it if If you don’t want to understand Pinter’s use of the pauses, then don’t go. The opposite of a big flashy musical. Also not for children.

Also I’ve already seen it 3 times, and when I go back, that will tie my per... Read more Read less


September 5th, 2019
CRITIC’S PICK "Tom Hiddleston in a Love Triangle Undone by ‘Betrayal’: Mr. Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox portray three friends in flux in Jamie Lloyd’s revelatory interpretation of a Harold Pinter classic."
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September 5th, 2019
3/5 Stars "Pinter's bone-dry, stiff-lipped tale of infidelity relies upon the audience's faith: It effectively asks that we take its word that these characters are interesting, and invest in them accordingly. But what if we don't? What if these three people...what if they merely bore us?"
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September 5th, 2019
"A High-Powered New 'Betrayal'"
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September 5th, 2019
"Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox play the three points of Harold Pinter's adulterous triangle in Jamie Lloyd's superb production from London."
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